Recently, I was contacted by reps at Kurgo, to see if I wanted to review their Tru-Fit Dog Harness. You see, they'd recently revamped the design and then crash tested it at the University of Michigan (and you can watch the video at the above link). I said YES, because continued improvement on the safety of car harnesses for dogs is always fantastic in my book!
It was interesting selecting the size for Elka, because for perhaps the first time in her life, she was a Large, not an Extra Large! And in my excitement at trying out new equipment, I forgot to see if it comes in red or not (it does), so we ended up with a black one. Not a big deal; black goes with everything!
The first two things I noticed out of the box is 1. the harness is super adjustable and 2. all of the fittings are metal, not plastic. There was a bit of a learning curve, especially the first time, putting on and adjusting the harness for a very excited "we're going for a walk!" Elka. At first I thought "oh geeze, maybe I should've gotten the XL" and then I realized that there were four points of adjustment on the harness straps and everything was smooth sailing after that. The main bit goes over her head, and then the chest plate bit is secured by a strap on either side, with metal clips that nest into each other. It seems to be dual purpose strong and flexible, and in fact seems very comfortable for Elka, with little slippage.
Plus, "Do you wanna go in the car?" is one of those hot-button excitement questions.
There's a rear clip and also a "no pull" front clip. The front clip is particularly useful to me when using the harness in the car, so I don't have to worry about jamming the seatbelt caribiner and the leash clip through the same buckle. Otherwise, as this is Elka's first front-clip experience, she doesn't care at all that it kind of pulls her. Your results may vary.
As always, I do apologize for my photography, but in the photo above you can see the strap the car's seat belt goes through, the caribiner, and the front clip on the harness that the leash is attached to (and the liberty's attachment going between the leash and Elka's collar).
All in all, I really like this harness. It's easy to get Elka into and out of it, the nylon webbing seems very sturdy and really shows no sign of wear even this early in ownership, and it works well both in the car and out walking. I was very happy for this opportunity, and definitely recommend the Kurgo Tru-Fit Dog Harness for your car and walking needs!
FTC Disclosure: I was sent one Tru-Fit Dog Harness by Kurgo for fair and honest review. I was not otherwise compensated for this post.